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* TheDandy: Howl is well dressed and vain, falling into despair at one point when his hair is ruined.

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* StalkerWithACrush: The Witch of the Waste wants Howl's heart badly. [[spoiler:Literally, in this case.]]

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* ReallyRoyaltyReveal: [[spoiler:Turnip Head is actually the lost prince whose disappearance is the reason the entire war between Sophie's country and its neighbor is being fought over in the first place.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: Turnip Head destroys his pole when stopping a runaway door that Sophie is riding from plummeting into a crevasse.

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* GlamourFailure: Madame Suliman's special lamp room forcibly removes the Witch's appearance as a younger woman.


* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The Witch of the Waste certainly enjoys a good stoogie. She even warns Howl not to deny an old woman her simple pleasures.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The Witch of the Waste certainly enjoys a good stoogie.stogie. She even warns Howl not to deny an old woman her simple pleasures.


* GoodSmokingBadSmoking: The Witch of the Waste certainly enjoys a good stoogie. She even warns Howl not to deny an old woman her simple pleasures.

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* GoodSmokingBadSmoking: GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The Witch of the Waste certainly enjoys a good stoogie. She even warns Howl not to deny an old woman her simple pleasures.

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* GoodSmokingBadSmoking: The Witch of the Waste certainly enjoys a good stoogie. She even warns Howl not to deny an old woman her simple pleasures.

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* {{Manchild}}: Howl is initially one, as part of his refusing to take responsibility.


* KnightOfCerebus: Madame Suliman manages to reduce the Witch of the Waste into an old woman and tries to impale Howl and Sophie.


''Howl's Moving Castle'' (ハウルの動く城 ''Hauru no Ugoku Shiro'') is a 2004 AnimatedAdaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' novel ''[[Literature/HowlsMovingCastle Howl's Moving Castle]]''. It was directed by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki and made at Creator/StudioGhibli, which accounts for the many lovely visuals in the movie. Now, instead of a MedievalEuropeanFantasy, the land of Ingary is a {{Steampunk}}[=/=]{{Gaslamp Fantasy}} world filled with both technology and magic.

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''Howl's Moving Castle'' (ハウルの動く城 ''Hauru no Ugoku Shiro'') is a 2004 AnimatedAdaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' novel ''[[Literature/HowlsMovingCastle Howl's Moving Castle]]''.''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle''. It was directed by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki and made at Creator/StudioGhibli, which accounts for the many lovely visuals in the movie. Now, instead of a MedievalEuropeanFantasy, the land of Ingary is a {{Steampunk}}[=/=]{{Gaslamp Fantasy}} world filled with both technology and magic.



* InterClassRomance: Sophie and Howl: hat shop worker and a SelfMadeMan.



* NeverMessWithGranny: [[LadyOfBlackMagic Madame Suliman, the Witch of the Waste]], and [[CoolOldLady old Sophie.]]

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* NeverMessWithGranny: [[LadyOfBlackMagic Madame Suliman, the Witch of the Waste]], and [[CoolOldLady old Sophie.]]Sophie]].



* PortalDoor: The magic door in the castle leads to far away places [[spoiler:[[PortalToThePast and times]].]]

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* PortalDoor: The magic door in the castle leads to far away places [[spoiler:[[PortalToThePast and times]].]]times]]]].


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* {{Uptown G|uy}}irl: Howl, a SelfMadeMan, is this to Sophie, a hat shop worker.


The writer of the original book, Dianne Wynne Jones, was granted a private viewing of the movie by Miyazaki. She stated that she enjoyed it, and found it a very different (but complimentary) experience from her book.

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The writer of the original book, Dianne Wynne Jones, was granted a private viewing of the movie by Miyazaki. She stated that she enjoyed it, and found it a very different (but complimentary) complementary) experience from her book.



** Howl constantly dyes his hair in the book, but is said to have "mud brown" colored hair. In the film his natural hair color is apparently black.

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** Howl constantly dyes his hair in the book, but is said to have "mud brown" colored hair. In the film film, his natural hair color is apparently black.



* BoyfriendBluff: Sophie first meets Howl when he pulls this to rescue her from being harassed by a couple of soldiers. It gets the soldiers off her back, but has the unintended side-effect of exposing her to the interest of the Witch of the Waste.

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* BoyfriendBluff: Sophie first meets Howl when he pulls this to rescue her from being harassed by a couple of soldiers. It gets the soldiers off her back, back but has the unintended side-effect of exposing her to the interest of the Witch of the Waste.



* TheCasanova: Howl is one according to gossip by the townsfolk. However it's heavily implied that GossipEvolution occurred. Sophie's sister was genuinely terrified when she found out Sophie met a wizard because "If he were Howl he would rip out [her] heart and devour it."

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* TheCasanova: Howl is one according to gossip by the townsfolk. However However, it's heavily implied that GossipEvolution occurred. Sophie's sister was genuinely terrified when she found out Sophie met a wizard because "If he were Howl he would rip out [her] heart and devour it."



** Sophie's is a bit subtle. At first when she's turned into an old woman, she hunches while she walks, uses a cane and is very slow, needing a break every so often. As the film moves along, she begins standing up straighter with her stamina increasing until eventually she doesn't need it anymore. This echoes her low sense of self worth as the film begins. [[spoiler:This is also highlighted by how she turns younger whenever she feels confident. She ends up breaking the curse completely by the end of the film and transforms back into her younger self.]]

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** Sophie's is a bit subtle. At first when she's turned into an old woman, she hunches while she walks, uses a cane and is very slow, needing a break every so often. As the film moves along, she begins standing up straighter with her stamina increasing until eventually she doesn't need it anymore. This echoes her low sense of self worth self-worth as the film begins. [[spoiler:This is also highlighted by how she turns younger whenever she feels confident. She ends up breaking the curse completely by the end of the film and transforms back into her younger self.]]



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent[=/=]FreezeFrameBonus: When Sophie and Howl are escaping the capitol on the airplane, a group of soldiers and tanks are seen in the street below shooting at what look like townspeople or protesters. This is never mentioned again, so it's possible it was just background filler. Or it could be the reason why, at the end, Suliman asks for the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense [[LaResistance rather than the King]].

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent[=/=]FreezeFrameBonus: When Sophie and Howl are escaping the capitol on the airplane, a group of soldiers and tanks are seen in the street below shooting at what look looks like townspeople or protesters. This is never mentioned again, so it's possible it was just background filler. Or it could be the reason why, at the end, Suliman asks for the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense [[LaResistance rather than the King]].


* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The movie with a [[CaptainObvious castle that's moving]].

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The movie with a [[CaptainObvious castle that's moving]].moving.


* EndOfAnAge: The final Ghibli film to be produced by Studio Ghibli before it split off from Tokuma Shoten in March 2005, ending nearly seven years as a subsidiary of that company.


* AgeLift: Howel is around 27 years old in the book[[note]He states that he's almost '10,000 days old' or 27 years[[/note]], but appears and acts like an 18-21-year-old in the film.

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* AgeLift: Howel is Howl's around 27 years old in the book[[note]He book [[note]] He states that he's almost '10,000 days old' or 27 years[[/note]], years [[/note]], but appears and acts like an happens to be a 18-21-year-old in the film.

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